2022 CASCADE Institutional Finalists
Our 2022 CASCADE Awards Night is right around the corner! This event is held to recognize outstanding people, programs and exhibits across our membership. We will be announcing and spotlighting finalists across our social media platforms until the awards night on October 13th, 2022.
Science North: The Great Northern Ontario Roadshow
The Great Northern Ontario Roadshow consists of 50+ flagship events in 50 communities across Northern Ontario highlighting the incredible opportunities for cultural, art, heritage, culinary and recreational tourism that exist across the region.Over 9,800 visitors have participated in “Experience Northern Ontario” events to date, with 70,000 visitors expected to participate by project end (December 2022). These events connect visitors directly with local tourism operators, attractions, and businesses to learn about the breadth and variety of cultural and science tourism and recreational opportunities available in Northern Ontario. Take-home science kits and accompanying resources will also be made available to provide hands-on activities exploring science and regionally focused cultural and outdoor recreation.
Cosmodome: Cosmo Mission
After years of training, you are finally taking part in your first space mission aboard the Astralis spacecraft, which is now taking off on the Cosmo Mission. Your goal: to determine if life has developed on Europa, the moon of Jupiter that lies more than 600 million kilometres from Earth. Aboard Astralis or from the control room, work with the crew to successfully launch the ship and ensure the expedition runs smoothly. But beware, your mission will not be without difficulty, if you want to succeed, you will have to work as a team and prove that you have what it takes to reach the stars! This immersive educational experience is innovative in its balance between science fiction and realism in its scenario and settings, as well as in its ability to be modulated into three versions. In addition to the 20 minute experience, there is a 35 minute mission with scientific experiments for groups and a 4 hour mission for overnight camps.
Ingenium: Earth in Focus - Insights from Space
The Canada Science and Technology Museum, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency, has developed a 2600 sq. ft. traveling exhibition on space-based Earth observation and monitoring. The traveling exhibition employs interactive elements and features visually striking videos and photos of the Earth from space. The exhibition highlights the essential role satellite imaging and space photography play in addressing global challenges. Visitors will discover the innovations of the Canadian space program through interactive and immersive experiences, including a mix of stunning photographs taken by astronauts and satellite imagery. Drawing links to their own experiences, visitors will better understand how the data collected from space help us with real-world issues including feeding a growing population, keeping people safe from dangers such as forest fires and extreme weather and monitoring our changing planet.
Montréal Science Centre: Mini Mondo
Mini Mondo offers children ages 0 to 7 the opportunity to venture into a fascinating little interactive world. Its aim is to raise children's awareness about environmental protection and to increase their knowledge of the world around them. In Mini Mondo, we have chosen three environments that children can relate to: the city, the river and the forest. Each environment offers activities that raise awareness of eco-citizenship. In the city, visitors make eco-responsible choices about what to eat, where to live and how to get around. At the river, young visitors discover animals and aquatic species, while in the Forest, they explore the flora. Each environment stimulates a sense: smell in the city, hearing in the river, and touch in the forest. Mini Mondo has been designed to meet the needs of all young visitors from 0 to 7. That said, we have paid special attention to immigrant families so that they can identify with the content and feel welcome.
Ontario Science Centre: Behind Racism: Challenging the way we think
Developed in partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), Behind Racism: Challenging the Way We Think, shows how processes that can help us think and act quickly can lead to dangerous biases against people different from us. It challenges visitors to acknowledge the role these processes play in their own lives. With interactive components and games, visitors learn about cognition and perception, especially how automatic interference, bias, blindspots and other mental processes can help—or hinder—our ability to understand the world.
Asking visitors: What if we could better understand the mental processes that lead to inequity? Could we unearth the roots of racism in ourselves, alter our own behaviours and effect greater change across our communities and institutions?The exhibition looks at the real-life effects of bias, discrimination and exclusion in Canada—past and present by presenting individual accounts from people who have experienced unfair treatment and discrimination, and highlighting powerful statistics that demonstrate how system racism continues to harm Indigenous communities and racialized groups. By connecting the dots between Canada’s past and present, it aims to help visitors challenge bias, prejudice and racism. It encourages renewed focus on working together—whatever our backgrounds—and celebrating our differences.
Toronto Zoo: The CALL: Climate Action Learning & Leadership
The CALL Program is a unique action-oriented program borne out of equity, diversity, and inclusion principles, and involves working closely with various community partners. The aim of this program is to engage and inspire youth from traditionally marginalized communities, including low-income neighbourhoods, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour community members, and newcomers to take action to combat climate change. Through providing unique experiences, the goal is to raise awareness of the opportunities and employable skills for these youth to find their own calling in the career fields of climate change and conservation science. A key aspects of this program is to provide these individuals with the knowledge and skills to create their own climate change call to action project within their communities and wider networks.
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton: Northern Science Partnership - Northland School Division and TWOSE
In the fall of 2020, as Canada weathered the many challenges presented by COVID, the science centre in Edmonton initiated a unique partnership with Northland School Division (NSD) Covering 288,347 square kilometres, NSD spans Treaty 6 and 8 territories. At NSD, 95% of the student population is of First Nations, Métis and Inuit descent. It has approximately 2000 students in 21 schools. The schools are located in municipalities, First Nation reserves, and Métis Settlements.
For almost the entire school year, science educators in Edmonton and students, teachers, and families across Northern Alberta engaged in online science learning, from one on one study to science shows that reached hundreds. The two partners dove headlong into virtual connectivity and used it to its fullest capability, bringing science and fun to some of the remotest corners of Alberta. Content was developed in concert with the NSD schools, creating learning opportunities that were relevant and needed. The project was such a success that TWOSE and NSD signed a five-year MOU on June 21, 2021 to keep the program going.
Manitoba Museum: Dome@Home - a weekly online astronomy show
Dome@Home is a live astronomy show broadcast every Thursday at 7PM CT on Facebook and YouTube. The program covers what can be seen in the sky that week, including constellations, planets, and celestial events. Each show has a theme that looks deeper into a topic of space exploration or astronomy, and the "Cool Space Stuff" segment provides updates on human and robotic exploration of the solar system. The goal is to inspire people to observe the sky with the unaided eye, binoculars, or telescopes, providing the knowledge and information they need to become successful backyard astronomers.The show has run weekly for over a year and built a loyal following who watch the show live every week. The show helped bring families together during COVID isolation, even across distances, and encouraged people of all walks of life to look to the stars and to make science a part of their recreational time.
Philip J Currie Dinosaur Museum: April Archosaur Absurdity
Based on the college basketball tournament, March Madness, April Archosaur Absurdity is an online fantasy tournament between dinosaurs. Users can download the bracket, Creature Guide and Teacher Guide. Based on their knowledge of the combating dinosaurs and the home team environment, users try to predict the outcomes of the battles. Battles are written by palaeontologists and posted on our Facebook page and website. The battles are followed by career palaeontologists and children alike.
To play along, choose the dinosaur you think would be the winner in each match-up. Just like in basketball, contestants are seeded. Dinosaurs with the smallest numbers beside their names are the highest-seeded, and stand a better chance of winning. We will be posting a play-by-play of each match on Twitter, Instagram and our website!
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The CASC office is situated in Robinson Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. We pay respect to their traditions, ways of knowing and acknowledge their many contributions to the innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Clearly and overtly this gratitude must be demonstrated in our collective commitment to truth and reconciliation, by working to transform existing relationships, with open dialogue, mutual understanding and respectful collaborations